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Tim James: Some winelands myths debunked

Where do people find their strange ideas and fragments of historical misinformation? I daresay I have one or two cranky and mistaken notions of my own, but those, of course, aren’t making me raise an eyebrow (not to mention simultaneously scratch my forehead, heave a deep sigh and shrug my shoulders – it’s a physical [...]

December 8, 2014
by Tim James
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Neil Ellis Grenache 2012

It was International Grenache Day this past Friday and to mark the occasion Neil Ellis Wines hosted a vertical tasting of its wine from this variety. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof block planted in 1954 – bush vines, ungrafted and not irrigated. It’s 2.5ha and size and thanks to the “haasbek” (gaps in plantings were [...]

September 22, 2014
by Christian
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Tierhoek Grenache 2011

From 60-year-old vines grown 760m above sea level in Piekenierskloof, the Tierhoek Grenache 2011 is wonderfully appealing (and pretty good value at R110 a bottle). Red and blue fruit rather than black, some fynbos, subtle spice. It’s medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft tannins. It’s tighter than previous vintages but definitely not severe – [...]

November 19, 2013
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2010

Vriesenhof in Stellenbosch appears resolutely publicity shy and as a result I sometimes forget how satisfying the wines from this cellar are. The approach here is nothing if not old school and what ends up in bottle typically possesses a “noble rusticity” –  the sort of thing that will get marked down next to the [...]

May 29, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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